A Camarillo woman faces charge of identity theft after opening a credit line in a patient’s name. According to Simi Valley Police, the victim contacted them to report credit card fraud. A credit card company placed a call to her to inquire about an account in her name. She then indicated that she had never opened the account in question.
According to investigators, the victim had hired the caregiver several years earlier to walk her dog and clean her house. Eventually, the suspect took on more care responsibilities for the terminally ill woman. Using the victim’s personal information, the suspect opened a line of credit and made about $11,000 worth of purchases. She committed the fraud over a period of six months.
The woman faces charges of identity theft from an elder or dependent adult. She is free on a $50,000 bond and will return to court on April 17 for arraignment.
Simi Valley Identity Theft Lawyer
Authorities pay special attention to identity theft because it often signals other criminal activity, When you face charges for an identity related crime, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County. During his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians against a variety of charges.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Many people find themselves in difficult criminal court situations. This may make them reluctant to seek help, or may make them more willing to accept a plea deal.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help by working to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. While this may not succeed all the time, even reducing the charges can have a major positive effect.
Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience and don’t assume that a plea deal is always in your best interest. (Often it is not.) Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft case.
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